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Once upon a time, the riverbanks of Siitan River used to be thorny that they call the place "siitan."Siit is an Ilocano word for thorn, he explained. I read from another blog though that siit means fish bone and that's where the river got its name. Whether the word refers to thorny plants or fish bone, I cannot tell for sure. What I do know for a fact is that Siitan River is beautiful with giant limestone formation that would rival those in Coron.
Siitan River, just like the Governor's Rapids is section of Cagayan River. While Governor's Rapids can be found in Maddela, Siitan River is in Nagtipunan. They share physical similarities, most especially the giant limestone cliffs on the side of the river. The river's most famous feature is the Bimmapor Rock Formation, which we only saw from afar. [Read: Governor’s Rapids: A Piece of Cagayan River in Quirino]
Just as you can do a boat-ride tour and river tubing at Governor's Rapids, the tourism organizers of Siitan River offer the same activities. Because we were more concerned about taking OOTD shots, we skipped river tubing again and made do with the boat tour.
Even when the place shared similarities with the other river, my sense of wonderment wasn't in any way, diluted. I said wow many times and I couldn't stop from taking photos. Everywhere I looked, there's beauty to be appreciated. The view is too lovely for words so I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
I am left smitten and convinced that this river should be added into anyone's bucket list.
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I must say this is the best among the places we visited during our adventure in Quirino last December. The place has some Palawan feels. The rock formations are so amazing! River cruising and water tubing are the activities we did. On the side, we did some 15ft cliff jump. My first time! This wonderful place is so unexpected here in North. ♥️
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Experience river cruising at one of the cleanest body of water in the country, the Siitan River which is part of the upper Cagayan river. Witness massive wall of rocks and different rock formations while cruising at Siitan gorge. According from our last visit at Ponggo in Nagtipunan, Quirino Province, they have already installed a crag in one side of Siitan gorge for those who are rock climbing enthusiasts.
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